Not to show my age, but who remembers the bulky televisions with the rabbit ears? There was no hiding those big ‘ole things.
Thankfully, tvs have become a little more discreet over the years.
On many projects, I have clients ask where should they place the tv in a room and how it should be treated within it.
I try to tuck them away when possible or make sure they are not a big focal point. If they are placed on a main wall, it usually calls for me to try and soften around it.
The picture below is from a client’s living room. Yes, I said living room, and that is a tv near the piano. This large room with incredible light was – get this- pretty much a walk-through room. They have a large family with a revolving door to family and friends, so it made sense that when we redesigned this room to incorporate a tv in here. We tucked it into a side wall where it can be pulled out if needed.
We reworked the furniture layout to add more seating. The room is casual enough to feel comfortable lounging on the sofa with your feet propped up with a bowl of popcorn, or it can be a little more formal when having a dinner party. Either way, it works, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, the space is used by their family.
Make no doubt about it, sometimes a tv needs to stand proudly in a room, ready to serve its purpose, but a little softness never hurts.
What are your thoughts concerning the tv? Are you a “let it hang on out there” and serve its purpose or do you like to tuck it away? Let me know what you think-
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*Photography is by Graham Yelton